Rachel DeAlto is a relationship expert, coach, hypnotherapist, motivational speaker, author, and spokesperson. She believes that relationships are the foundation of everything, and it is essential to learn to navigate those relationships with great communication, a sense of perspective, and self-awareness.
Rachel believes in the art of communication, and its inherent value in all aspects of your life. She developed her communications expertise through an undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and later as a practicing trial attorney after receiving her Juris Doctorate at Seton Hall University School of Law.
She has also received professional training as a certified coach through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and is a certified hypnotherapist via the International Association Of Counselors & Therapists (IACT).
Rachel is a featured relationship expert on FYI’s Married at First Sight and Second Chances. Rachel has also appeared on a multitude of media outlets and is also a frequent TEDx speaker.
Coming from a law background, coaching one’s love life was kind of something that Rachel sort of “feel into.” Continuing her education to become a coach, Rachel once again went back to school, but this time for the polar-opposite subject…love.
“Relationship coaching came from my natural desire to help people, as did being a lawyer”
As one of my favorite topics to talk about (love and relationships) I got some juicy details out of Rachel! She opens up to us about frequently asked questions in her field along with helpful tips and advice to not only FIND love, but to KEEP love. As powerful women AND men, it’s important to know that “the more you are, the more you expect,” when it comes to finding the one. Understand that the “intimidation factor” is also real, it is very real ladies and gentlemen! Having it all and looking the part to match, isn’t always the easiest to approach. Finding love takes just as much effort on your end, as it does theirs.
“I feel like expectations can kind-of be a killer. You can have desires, but don’t expect every man you meet to live up to them.”
Rachel also shares with us one of the first steps she goes through with her clients. “I ask them what are the four things they look for in someone that they couldn't live without? I only give them four!”
“No one is perfect, but it's more about finding someone who fits with you perfectly.”
Looking to find love? Or maybe enhance your current relationship with some extra fire?! Tune in for some of the greatest love advice I’ve ever heard!
Rachel is the real deal y’all…you can thank me later ;)
If you agree that it is time to have the love life that you deserve, you can find more from Rachel at racheldealto.com and also @racheldealto on social media! Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
Just when you start to feel overwhelmed (and trust me, we've all felt that way, you are not alone!) Remember that there is always some part of the day or the task that you can be grateful for.
Only 7 days out from my biggest event of the year and believe me when I say…I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. But instead of sinking into the dark hole, my weeks mantra is, “I love that I get to do this!” I can’t even imagine not hosting the Bliss Project. “It is like I would not be fulfilling my life’s calling.”
Be conscious and aware that every experience that comes your way is an opportunity. An opportunity to choose love and bliss or to grow and overcome!
You can’t “be jealous” of what others have, if you aren't willing to put in the work for it. To go through it and to GROW through it.
“Visualization is like a secret handshake with the universe.”
Seeing your future, and visualizing/planning your future is the key to creating a life you have always dreamed of. The faster you say YES to your dreams, the faster your blessings will appear. It is about stepping straight into your fear, and letting faith take it from there!
Dr. Trevor Cates is a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor. She is also known, as “The Spa Dr.,” and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. She has worked with world-renown spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin. She has been featured on The Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is host of THE SPA DR. Podcast. Dr. Cates believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Her new book Clean Skin from Within will be released in March 2017. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.
Dr. Cates shares with us, that as a young child she was always sick. Whether it were allergies or a low immune system, her parents were on the hunt to find the right doctors and right treatments to help cure Trevor. It wasn't until they finally landed in the Holistic Doctors office, that Trevor found the answers. From that point on, she knew she wanted to study natural medicine, to help people with their same problems. Attending and graduating from the Naturopathic Medical School in 2000, Dr. Cates has been practicing ever since. Her name “The Spa Dr.” arose from working in several world-renown spas. Although the spa members were coming in for other treatments like weight-loss, her cliental were beginning to notice that by eating healthier, they were also clearing their skin. It’s a win, win!
“I truly believe that good skin comes from 80% dietary choices and 20% what you put on your skin.”
And for us avocado lovers out there, Dr. Cates tells us that avocados are one of the top foods for good skin, along with 6-8 glasses of water per day! Be sure to checkout her NEW book, “Clean Skin From Within” you can even order yours today, with the link below. I mean…who doesn’t want naturally glowing skin!?
"What keeps me happy, is moving. Moving forward in any form."
It is important to pick the area that you want to have progress in, first.
I truly believe that by feeling good health wise, it will fully support all of the other things that you want to focus on. Maybe it's not like you to grow two things at once, and that's fine! Being true to yourself and being able to recognize that you work better with one sole focus, is absolutely okay.
"The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new." -Socrates
Publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Amy Newmark was a writer, speaker, Wall Street analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for more than 30 years. Today she is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Since 2008, when Amy, her husband, and an investor group bought the company from its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, she has published more than 100 new books, doubling the number of Chicken Soup for the Soul titles in print today.
As publisher, Amy is credited with revitalizing the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand. She redesigned the look of the book covers and interiors, and changed the format of the title so that the books can cover topics of interest to today’s readers. This has led to national bestsellers such as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us. By compiling inspirational and aspirational true stories curated from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the 21-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant, and still part of the social zeitgeist.
Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. During her junior and senior years, she researched and wrote a thesis about popular, spoken-word poetry in Brazil, which involved living in Brazil for several months, traveling throughout its impoverished northeast region, and meeting with poets and writers to collect their stories. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career—from collecting poetry “from the people” in Brazil as a 20-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories and poems “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy works alongside her husband, Bill Rouhana, CEO and fellow co-owner of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She and Bill are the proud parents of four grown children and in her limited spare time, Amy enjoys visiting them, hiking, and reading books that she did not have to edit.
Once taking over the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, Amy and her partners have extended the company much further than just books. Can you believe they even have the top-line of dog and cat food!? They care about their pets just as much as they do themselves.
Amy is an incredible example of a powerhouse business woman. Just listening to her speak, it is obvious she is passionate about her work and it most definitely shows in the outcome!
“Continuously reading all the stories in our books reminds me how grateful I should be for everything in my own life because I am exposed now, to what other people go through.”
She teaches us how important it is to realize how lucky you are and how each and every one of us is here to serve and help those in need.
“I find that the one thing that connects most of the stories I have read, is people saying 'I had no idea I was capable of this. I had no idea I had this much strength.'”
She was a great reminder for me today, that we all already have the tools we need within us. “We can all be our own mechanics of our lives!”
You can catch Amy Tweeting away on Twitter @AmyNewmark or go to see it all at chickensoup.com. Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
"We teach what we need the most”
Planning for my largest event of the year, The Bliss Project, coming up next month, I have been overwhelmed with emotion and planning but at the same time, I wouldn’t trade this time of year for anything!
“No matter where you are in your journey, you elevate! You set goals of what’s next and what’s scary. What else can I do? And how else can I grow?”
We’ve all had the attack of the “You’r not smart enough” or “You’re not good enough” monster (which I am having right now,) but then I remember…this is EXACTLY why I do what I do and preach what I preach.
“Tell you heart that the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself.”
So as I sat here today, equally as excited as I am scared, please know that you are NOT alone with your feelings. You are not doing life alone and you are not dreaming alone!
“Turn your face back towards the sun and you will immediately be helped, if you just ask for it!”
Adam Carroll is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader in the field of financial education. He’s presented at over 600 college and university campuses, hundreds of leadership symposiums and countless local and regional events. Adam's TEDx talk at the London Business School has been viewed over half a million times on YouTube, and his work in financial education led to the crowd-funding and release of the student loan documentary Broke, Busted & Disgusted, coming out on Netflix this December. He is the author of Winning The Money Game and The Money Savvy Student, and the founder of MoneySavvy.com. Graduating from college quit some time ago, Adam ended up not only with a diploma but with a ton of student debt.
“While I was there, I lived like a rich college student, like most kids do today. But realized the error in my ways when I quickly became a broke professional.”
Luckily for Adam, meeting his girlfriend (and his now wife) during his senior year of college, they collectively put their heads together and found a way to blast through all of their debt, two years into their marriage!
“She told me 'Get rid of your debt or I have to get rid of you'”
It then occurred to him, that it is really quite simple to eliminate debt, and why wouldn’t he start to share his money savvy tips with everyone else? So he began teaching his methodology.
“My wife and I lived off of one of our salaries and used the other to while away our debt.”
Writing his first book, Winning the Money Game, led him to speaking opportunities on college campuses, which then again led him to a great opportunity to create a documentary coming soon to NETFLIX! (I cant wait to watch it!)
Adam is also in the midst of creating a course focused on “Raising Money Savvy Kids.” He believes that as parents and elders, it is our job to mold their minds at a young age on how they can win this money war and eliminate future debt. The perfect podcast to light the money flame underneath you and the most easy-to-use tips, to becoming debt free!
Free yourself, to be yourself -Adam Carroll
An amazing gold-mine of tangible things that can help you start saving now! Head on over to moneysavvy.com to check out Adam’s latest and greatest books and tips.
No matter who you are or what you have to share with the world, we all question ourselves, it’s human nature. But when we can (and we can) get passed those “insecurities” and doubt, that’s when the magic happens! It is all about showing up, putting yourself out there and the willingness to at least try.
“Our soul is only here to create experiences for itself, so it can become what it was destined to be.”
Act as if and you will become.
“Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”
Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Thousands of Guides lead Strala classes around the world in studios, gyms, and health clubs, and Strala is practiced by a very large online community in nearly 100 countries. Strala has been illustrated in a case study by Harvard Business School, and its practices of ease and connection are incorporated by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and well-being professionals everywhere. Tara teams up with W Hotels, bringing Strala Yoga and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She collaborated with Reebok to create the Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several best-selling books, including Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, and Strala Yoga, all translated and published in many languages. She has been profiled by The New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and featured in most major national and international magazines. Tara supports the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, President Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to more than 30,000 participating schools. Growing up in a small town in Iowa, Tara comes from a background filled with meditation and dance. A simple and fulfilling childhood.
“You could even say my parents were straight-edge hippies.”
Having a ballet instructor who was ahead of the curve, a mixture of yoga and meditation had been brought into her classic learning from early on.
“I didn't ever think it would become my career though, I always thought I would go study Business or Science.”
In the late 90’s Tara had moved to New York and naturally began to share her gift of yoga, meditation and personal peace. Not even realizing that her simple practices could one day teach and serve.
“It’s truly about you feeling better, its not about being “good” at yoga or meditation.”
Due in just a few short weeks with her first child, this new mommy-to-be shares with us that the biggest lesson her nugget has already taught her (and she's not even born yet) is to slow down…simply put.
“You have to learn the difference between being productive and just being busy. It is possible to do more with less energy.”
Be strong, focused and ridiculously happy from the inside out at tarastiles.com and stralayoga.com! Or follow the mommy-to-be on Instagram @tarastiles
"Nothing is good or bad, it just is.”
After pulling my back (trying to move a couch to film my monthly workouts,) which not only effects my career as a fitness professional but also tampers with my everyday happiness, it has taken me the last few days to find my message in this “mess.” I wanted so badly to stay angry for being immobile all weekend but instead, I did a whole lot of praying and took this all as the message to slow the heck down!
“In order to fully grow, to fully evolve and to fully understand our journey, we must welcome it all.”
We must quit being so fearful and just allow things to be. Take the time today to feel how you WANT to feel, say what you WANT to say, and do what you WANT to do. Quit letting O.P.O’s (Other People Opinions) block you. So, how do you get from the beginning to the end, you ask? You go THROUGH…it all. Don’t make fear & pain your home.
He's baaaack! Back by popular demand is my husband, Chris Harder! We got a bunch of questions from you guys so in this episode we dig in and answer them!
You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
“When you want something, all of the universe conspires for you to get it.” -The Alchemist
Have you ever noticed that the thing you are focusing on the most ends up being given to you the most? Whether it is a conscious thought or an unconscious though, good or bad, where you place your focus will always end up in your lap.
So, what does it feel like to be “on your path,” you ask? It feels easy. Plain and simple. Being on the detour or the path you THINK you should be on, but isn't quite the one, will give you the most problems. It’s when you feel like you're giving too much of yourself and not seeing the results in return.
“You’ll feel like it’s costing you your power, like you're losing yourself.”
The most magic happens when you begin to everything through love, with love. It’s not a perfect world, it is most definitely about give and take, but the only time things should be given is when it simultaneously makes YOUR soul happy too.
“It is all about asking yourself... 'How am I going to feel with this next choice that I make?'”
Look down at your feet (yes you, now) see that path? That’s the exact path you should be on.
Zlata Sushchik is a lifestyle coach, sports nutritionist and founder an online fitness coaching company called Sexyfit.
She grew up in Moscow, Russia and moved to the US when she was 16. Throughout her career as a fitness competitor she was awarded top 5 placements at 26 shows including top 3 national titles. Her work has been featured in Muscular Development, Flex Magazine, Rx fitness and countless other publications. Sexyfit method has helped women lose over 6,500 pounds by providing virtual nutrition, fitness and accountability coaching to help you live a healthier, happier and sexier lifestyle. Zlata is known for her no nonsense, no BS approach to health and fitness.
At Sexyfit, she is focused on creating a foundation for sustainable lifestyle to help you get in shape and most importantly create the habits to keep your sexy fit body. She resides in San Diego, enjoys long walks on the beach, caramel cupcakes and kale smoothies. She collects Nike shoes and is a member of four local gyms #FitGirlLife Appearing for her second time on Earn Your happy, she is ecstatic to share with us the announcement of her new book! A tid-bit of background on Zlata (in case you missed her first episode) at 16 years old, she moved to the USA from Moscow, Russia. Fascinated with the American foods and sweets (along with natural puberty and just plain ol’ growing up,) Zlata tells us that her “body type” wasn't always what it is now.
“I’ll never forget being kicked out of dance class as a little kid, being told verbatim 'Your gut is disgusting.'”
As if that weren't traumatizing enough, she recalls herself having low self-esteem through middle school, her high shool breakup and even college. Not allowing herself to get stuck in the “body shame” rut for long, she came out on the other end, stronger and more confident than ever! Competing in over 28 fitness shows and with continuous self-development work, Zlata is the epitome of SexyFit!
“I am so grateful for what I have been able to create stemming from my challenges, from me falling flat on my face.”
Zlata’s boo, The SexyFit Method was created to complete food freedom, love your body and reclaim your life. It is a step by step guide to “start over” if you wish. To find the real you and to love her/him hard! She’ll help clear that path for you and educate you on “Five Steps to Your Transformation” along with a 21 Day Jump Start Fitness Plan. What are you waiting for!?
Looking for the perfect balance of SEXY and FIT? Head over to sexyfit.com and you can also find Zlata on social media @iamsexyfit
You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
"It’s falling in love with the day to day, one thing at a time. It’s falling in love with the journey.”
Being able to “fail out loud” is just as important, if not more, than being able to celebrate out loud! It’s recognizing that you are human and you will come across human set-backs, along the way, but continuing to push though and not allowing that to deter your goal. Having someone who is on the same page as you or even an entire tribe on the same page as you, (my Body + Soul tribe) is vital! They will be your backbone and your extra push on the days when you'd rather sit in PJ’s and watch Netflix, but know you should be hitting the gym and meal planning!
“Unless you are in supported ground and soil, you will not be able to grow where you are.”
Which brings me to today’s big topic…HABIT. It’s now the second week into 2017 and the buzz/enthusiasm for new goals is starting to die dow, but that doesn’t mean yours should! Despite what you have heard, thanks to the audible book I have been listening to “The Answer,” it takes about 66 days (on average) to change or form a habit. It’s only January 12th, moral of the story…DON’T.STOP.NOW.
Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy Award-winning media entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of She Takes on the World, The Conquer Kit, and Conquer Your Year. She is also the creator of SheTakesOnTheWorld.com, one of the top sites on the planet for entrepreneurial women. It was recognized by Forbes on “Top 10 Websites for Entrepreneurial Women” and was featured by ForbesWoman on “Top 100 Websites for Women.” Today, Natalie and her team are focused on transforming businesses around the world through The Conquer Club, a 12-month implementation incubator for ambitious entrepreneurs.
Natalie is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media. She has appeared in top media outlets like Time, Glamour, People StyleWatch, Inc., Forbes, ForbesWoman, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Entrepreneur.com, Globe and Mail, Mashable, and more.
Starting her career as a Media Producer, Natalie tells us that being an entrepreneur wasn't always the plan.
“She takes on the world was always my side business, or my 'accidental' business.” I
t all came about as Natalie was traveling the world, producing of course, but also creating her first blog known to us as “She Takes On The World.” Starting out with only a couple dozen subscribers, she is proud to say that she has turned her blog into an outlet that has reached ten’s of thousands of women, all over the world!
“Now, with my third book out, it has allowed me to travel the world and serve ambitious women who are creating success on their own.”
Such an honor to have Natalie on today, to give us incredibly impactful and powerful advice. Fully believing that entrepreneurship is the new “Women’s Movement,” she lets us know that manifesting your dreams and becoming successful isn't out of reach for anyone! In fact, its only a stones throw away.
“No one is a natural born entrepreneur, you just have to start with a vision of what you want and WHY you want it.”
Specifically created for those who have a vision and are truly pushing for it to become a reality in 2017, Natalie has created The Conquer Kit which can be found and purchased on the website below. We are all on this earth for a purpose and with a purpose. Give Natalie and I one-hour of your time and I can assure you, you will be well on your way for a successful and prosperous new year AND new life.
Are you looking to knock your New Years resolutions out of the park, but don't know where to start!? Well…you’re in the right spot! Today’s quickie is all about creating or joining a support tribe to be on the journey WITH you and to keep you motivated and accountable with every move.
“It’s about becoming a new and better version of your already-amazing-self, in order to reach those goals!”
We’ve all started something and then fallen off the wagon, am I right!? But there is no better time than NOW to begin and actually follow through. Trust me, your future self will thank you! Join me on my new and improved 60 day workout challenge! For the first time, I have created real-time workout videos so you can workout at home and feel as if you are right there with me!
A leader in the Emergent Wisdom movement, Alexi Panos is on a mission to make personal development mainstream through her books, youtube channel, workshops, international speaking and working with her non profit, E.P.I.C. in Africa. She’s one of Origin Magazines TOP 100 CREATIVES CHANGING THE WORLD, and is a featured expert in the films THE ABUNDANCE FACTOR and RISEUP. She’s authored the books 50 WAYS TO YAY! and NOW OR NEVER, both by Simon & Schuster.
Growing up with divorced parents, Alexi takes us back with her, to remembering the long 8 hour road trips she took often, in order to see her Mom. Being only eight years old, the hours seemed extra long and drawn out but she specifically remembers to the audible books her Mother would listen to, to stay awake on the drive.
“I just wanted to listen to Madonna and dance in the car but my Mom always had on Mariann Williamson and Tony Robbins. I must admit, I kind-of secretly liked it.”
Jumping forward to her teenage and young adult years, the memories of the audible books and the lessons they taught, came in handy quite often.
“I came from a small town in Pennsylvania, and it reminded me that I can have a life of my choosing.”
A few fun facts that you may not know about Alexi are spilled in her interview as well! Trying out for a newspaper singing audition (which started as a dare) ended up leading her to a record deal with Def Jam and Murder Inc., allowing her to tour from the age of 17-19 with then popular rapper, Ja Rule. Where are my hip-hop lovers at?! Touring the world seems like everyone’s dream, am I right? But it was the last stop of the tour that really hit home for Alexi.
“I was in Cape Town South Africa on the tour bus, and looked to my right to see a shanti town on the side of the road. Looked back at the tour bus and it was as if the two worlds didn't match. As if my entire reality just shifted.”
Returning back to New York, Alexi left the music business and picked up a bartending job, simply to make the months rent. She was no longer willing to “sell her soul for fame,” as she put it. With the little money she did have, Alexi and her business partner soon created E.P.I.C a non-profit organization giving back and making an impact, internationally! Alexi is the perfect example of following the things that ignite your soul, at all costs and whatever it takes! Its important to know that for your own person growth, that you truly understand you will always be a work in progress. There is never a defined finish line, it is all about the journey there. I couldn't think of a better podcast guest, other than Alexi, to give us all that extra push of inspiration to catapult us into 2017! New Year. New beginnings. New ideas. New you.
Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @alexipanos and visit www.alexipanos.com.
You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
Excited to have my favorite person and #1 fan on today’s podcast, my amazing husband! Chris and I have been married for over 11 years and have been work partners-in-crime for over half of that time!
As 2017 rapidly approaches, we are thrilled to be able to share our tips and tools for a prosperous New Year. Listen in for “Our 6 Steps To Achieving Our Goals:”
Preston Smiles, Personal Freedom Coach, is like nobody in the speaking or personal development world. Breaking all the rules, Preston is carving out his own path as an emerging Next Generation Thought Leader. He has been on the cover of Millennial Magazine with his wife Alexi and also won the Millennial Mentor Award by Elixir Magazine, and recently launched his book LOVE LOUDER- 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life (published by Simon and Schuster).
Preston is a force to be reckoned with. Generating millions of views with his message of LOVE, AUTHENTICITY and CREATIVITY, Preston Smiles is making a huge impact with his loyal social media tribe, using his unique gift to make complex ideas simple and relatable. Going through different stages, and feeling as if he has lived in many lifetimes, Preston shares with us how and why he began making it his life’s mission to preach LOVE.
Growing up Dyslexic, in the 80’s, the public school system decided to place Preston in Special-Ed classes. Feeling as if he were less than or “uncool,” his mission was to prove them all wrong. Making friends with all the “cliques,” dominating in all sports and always on top of the latest clothing trends, Preston outwardly seemed fine, but was still really a hurting young boy on the inside. Joining a gang at the young age of 11 and partaking in illegal activities, Preston was taken out of his first school and moved into a predominately “white” school, which made him the cool new kid as he called it.
“I began to notice that underneath all of our stories, we are all dealing with the same stuff.”
But the saga continued…Fast forwarding to his twenties, Preston experienced a personal health scare that changed his life. Turning his “mess into his message” is just putting it lightly. He is now one of our most influential speakers and a proud preacher of love.
Surrounding himself with constant positivity and acts of kindness, his name “Smiles” is well fitting. His advice for attracting the right kinds of love is heartwarming and his outlook on life is the guideline I believe we should all follow. If you're looking to spark or RE-spark the flame in your relationship, you've come to the right place.
“Love is all there is, was and ever will be.”
Couldn't get enough of Preston? Amp up your life at prestonsmiles.com or follow him on social media @PrestonSmiles
You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination.
In 2005, she wrote her first best-selling book and began her life’s work as a coach, keynote speaker, author, retreat leader, and podcast host. Christine began coaching in 2004 and is a known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. Her third book, Expectation Hangover is the guidebook for how to transform adversity into opportunity.
Dedicated to inspiring people to make the changes that lead to fulfillment, she hosts a weekly podcast, Over It and On With It, where she life coaches people live on the air. Christine also runs a business-training program teaching entrepreneurs how to build a prosperous career according to their “Secret Sauce.”
As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country at conferences, and corporations. She has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E! and many others. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo. Christine grew up in Dallas, graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and received her Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Christine is active in volunteerism and loves living a healthy lifestyle.
She currently resides in Los Angeles and loves spending time with her family and friends in Austin, Texas. For those of you who may not dabble in your personal “energies” much, or even for those of us who think we are pros at understanding and truly feeling our energies, Christine is back on today to switch things up for us!
Being it is her second time around on the Earn Your Happy podcast, I knew that this topic was one I think we could all use some EXTRA knowledge in… Did you know as a man AND a woman, we all have both masculine and feminine energies?!
“We’ve been living in the illusion of separation and living mostly in ego, like we've come up with constructed personalities and we are sort of now just getting back to the knowing that we are all one, that we are all connected.”
Do yourself a favor and check out christinehassler.com or find her on social media @christinehassler on Instagram. Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
Holly Perkins is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She is the author of Lift to Get Lean (Rodale, 2015) and the leader of Women’s Strength Nation. Holly is a contributing writer and expert for Women’s Health, SELF, Fitness, Shape, Prevention, Men’s Health and LIVESTRONG. Holly’s mission is to empower women on a personal and spiritual level by leading them into the weight room on a journey of physical strength. Shape magazine named Holly as one of the “Top Trainers to Follow” in 2015.
Raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, Holly’s mom was pressing to make sure she chose a career path and was adamant that she pursued whatever she dreamt. With that being said, around the time Holly was in high school, she had no choice but to start to think about her future.
“I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I loved fitness!”
Following her bliss, as she calls it, she eventually graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, beginning her career as a personal trainer at a high-end, celebrity focused gym in New York. Although her work life couldn't have gone better, Holly hit a low point in her personal life, escalating her passion even more, for fitness and strength training.
“During that phase, the only thing that got me through was my practice and commitment to strength training.”
Fast forwarding to present day, her main message is now to help specifically women, cultivate their personal strength thru strength training! She really hits home as she gets deeper into the “WHAT’S.” What’s really stopping you from loosing the weight? What’s the real reason you wont put on that bikini? She stated it perfectly….
“If it was as simple as just getting into those skinny jeans, you would have already done it. We all have the knowledge and the information out there to do it, it’s actually not that hard. Its all of the other aspects of your motivation and your happiness…what really drives you.”
Getting in shape is just the icing on the cake, it is sorting thru the deep rooted issues and reasons and coming out on the other/better end, that will keep these results long-lasting and meaningful!
“You have to expose your body to a challenge, in order for it to overcome and get stronger.”
These challenges she speaks of, are most likely the ones that you think are “the end,” but let me tell you now…they are really jus the beginning! The job loss, the break up, the pay cut, the loss of a loved one, list the goes on.
Let’s try to turn the “Why is this happening to me?” into “What will I learn from this?” Holly’s amazing advice is guaranteed to turn your frown upside down, dust the cobwebs off your inner strength and allow your Super Woman to SHINE! It’s about time!
Follow Holly on her most active channel, Instagram @Hollyperkins or find her on the web at HollyPerkins.com.
One of my favorite topics, yet one that I feel most of us forget about the fastest…self care. How could you possibly begin to love or care for others, without doing the same for yourself first?!
“It is selfish to not care for yourself”
Whatever story matches yours, maybe you're a Mom, a CEO looking after tons of employees, or a Nurse with long shifts, WHATEVER the case may be, it is vital to look after yourself just as much as you would any one else!
So why the bad rep? Why is it “bad to be selfish?! NEWSFLASH…it’s not! In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you will be criticized anyways!” Starting now (because I am asking you to take a second for yourself,) answer the following questions:
Time for me to get real… “
If you want your children to be happy and the people around you, you WILL get selfish, you will be a little bit selfish! It doesn’t mean in life, that you are a selfish person, it just means that you put self care first.”
Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first.
Growing up outside of Portland, Alexandra describes her childhood as “growing up with hippies.” Always eating healthy, straight out of a garden to be exact, Alex as a young child always craved sugar.
“When I found out that the church down the street served cookies and kool-aid every weekend, I started going to church…by myself, just to have the cookies!”
By the age of 15, like most teenagers, Alexandra finally got to decide her own diet and what she chose to eat, especially now that she had a job and was making her own money. This continued for about 10 years, until she began to get extremely sick in her mid 20’s.
“I had migraine headaches about 3-4 days a week and put on about 20 lbs. even after the extra college weight.”
The first doctor she visited, wrote her a prescription for a cocktail of different meds, but it wasn't until her second (and different) doctor visit, that they actually found the core of the issues.
“He asked what I had been eating, and gave me a list of foods to eat and a list of foods to avoid. I wanted to cry! The list to avoid was everything I loved.”
It may have been a bottom-point for Alexandra during that time of pain and disappointment, but it turned into a love and passion for food, molding her into what we would call a “Food Junkie!” She attended culinary school at The Natural Gourmet Institute and began diving headfirst into nutritional research, specifically geared towards healing foods. Flashing forward to present day and the (thankfully) healthier Alexandra, she shares the story of how she met her husband, Morgan, and the film they produced together, that not only changed their lives, but the lives of the millions viewers who have ever watched “Super Size Me.” (And if you haven't, I HIGHLY recommend it!) Listen in as Alexandra shares the science behind cravings, the power of healing foods and her extensive amount of nutritional knowledge, that I believe is vital for a healthier happier YOU!
“You cant just take away sugar, you cant just take away the foods that give you that dopamine hit. You have to also add in fun and play and pleasure in equal amounts.”
Going off of what Alexandra said, it’s about taking away AND adding in…it’s called a balanced life!
See more from the lovely Alexandra at alexandrajamieson.com and make sure you download her AMAZING & FREE meditations, through the link above! Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com
Before the holiday storm arrives, if it hasn't already, I'm here to help you recharge!
It's important for your own sanity and for those in your company to set a daily recharge, for yourself, to really be able to live in the present and enjoy the most beautiful time of year!
Set agreements for your holiday company, don't be afraid to ask for help when you're feeling overwhelmed, but the key is to remain grateful that you even have this family/friends/things on your agenda! Could you imagine your life without it?! It would be so boring without the chaos!
"We want to wrap every memory in awesomeness!"
Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast on iTunes.
A graduate of The University of Missouri – St. Louis with a background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides Wellness Services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews.
As an aspiring athlete, Shawn had a bright future in football and other sports. Staying active and playing sports was a way of life, until a tragic incident at the age of 15. Breaking his hip while running on the school track, Shawn came to later find out that he had Degenerative Bone Disease and Degenerative Disc Disease.
“My physician at the time told me I had the spine of an 80 year old, when I was only 20 years old.”
As the years went by, due to lack of motivation and ability to be as active as he once was, Shawn began packing on the pounds. Not only was this disease effecting his body, but also his sleep. The pain it brought on from switching comfortable positions in bed, was unreal.
“I would take a special cocktail of medicines before bed, just to knock me out. But it was pseudo sleep, not the high-quality type of sleep.”
With the hopes and all of his trust of his future solely in the doctors hands, it didn't take long before Shawn realized that it was up to HIM to get HIMSELF better. “I cut away the possibility of anything else, besides me getting well.” And so the journey began…to where Shawn is now! Fast forwarding, and healing (Spoiler alert!) Shawn has become a Best Selling Author and a health/sleep genius! His joy became being of service to those around him, to sharing his story and helping heal those in need. Whether it be love and relationships, health and nutrition or even just the advice to become your own leader, Shawn holds a space to help us all! With absolutely, amazingly insane health and sleep tips, Shawn’s interview on todays podcast is one that I highly recommend you tune into! Did you know you could lose fat while you sleep? …count me in!
For the ultimate guide to maximizing your sleep and your heath, head over to theshawnstevensonmodel.com or follow him on social media @shawnmodel Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com